“The last strands of a relationship can break from a single glance or a moment of silence”
Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur, Ghachar Ghochar
Why I like it:
I like this one for two things – the truth in the statement and the meaning it hides. While the actual reasons for a relationship breaking might vary, and go deeper than what is visible to the eye, most often, it seems to break over one insignificant thing.
Why it finds a place in my top 100
Ghachar Ghochar is a small book that I read after multiple recommendations. While I have always loved off beat books that are not banking on the popular genres to sell, my experience with translations is limited. This was a book I shall never regret reading, and though it was slow to read, it kept me engrossed from page one. There was something in the innate simplicity that made me sit with it in rapt attention. The quote itself comes at a significant place in the book, one of the defining moments where we know something more about the lead character, and it could not have been phrased better.
We have all faced situations where a single decision, seemingly insignificant, has altered the course of our lives so completely, the change visible, in some rare occasions, only on hindsight. But for every major decision ever made, the distinction and logical sequence would always be there, with the subconscious mind recognising and processing the information before it seeps into our consciousness and active thought, ready to be accessed while recollecting the information. A relationship that is on a rocky patch could easily be broken by a single misplaced glance, or silence when words should have been spoken and feelings expressed. While the events leading could follow a sequence, they never are the last straw.
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